THQ Nordic is building a roster of cult classics
The fast-growing publisher has been snapping up ips left and right
FOUNDED: 2008 (AS NORDIC GAMES PUBLISHING) | KEY GAMES: THE BOOK OF UNWRITTEN TALES, DEADFALL ADVENTURES, THIS IS THE POLICE 1 TIMESPLITTERS
THQ Nordic, in mid-august, grabbed the rights to this classic shooter franchise, a series famously started by Free Radical Design, a studio created by former Rare developers who had worked on Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark. The last game in the series was Timesplitters: Future Perfect. Funnily enough, the current incarnation of Free Radical Design, now named Dambuster Studios, was acquired by THQ Nordic in February 2018 when the publisher took over Koch Media and Deep Silver. So, all the pieces have clearly come together for the old team to renew the franchise 13 years later.
2 SECOND SIGHT
In the deal that saw THQ Nordic grab up the rights to Timesplitters, it also picked up Second Sight, also originally developed by Free Radical and perhaps even more of a cult gem than Timesplitters. Second Sight was originally launched in 2004 and saw you control an amnesiac with powerful psychic abilities. It happened to be released in the same year as Psi-ops from Midway, another game that also focused on psychic and telekinetic abilities, which is considered to have hurt its chances on release.
Its core premise and mechanics were perhaps a little ahead of the time and technology available, so we’d be fascinated to see it given another shot.
3 KINGDOMS OF AMALUR
The most recent acquisition from THQ Nordic saw it pick up the rights to Kingdoms Of Amalur, a title owned by 38 Studios, which closed in 2012. The original concept of the game world though was created by former tabletop game designer and Elder Scrolls developer Ken Rolston, in conjunction with legendary comic-book artist and mogul Todd Mcfarlane handling art and esteemed composer Grant Kirkhope on the score. The final result was a far more action-orientated role-playing experience than some might have expected. It offered very distinct combat styles depending on what weapon combination you chose to specialise in. It definitely had more to offer and there was an MMO in development, which THQ Nordic also now owns.